USD 410 board accepts bid for stadium irrigation system

The Unified School District 410 Board of Education approved at Monday?s regular meeting a $36,000 bid for installing an irrigation system in the co-owned areas of the Tabor/USD 410 athletic facility project.

The winning bid was submitted by AreaWide Lawn Irrigation Inc. from nearby Canada. A competing bid for $41,000 was submitted by Gerber & Garnett Irrigation Inc. of Wichita.

Keith Goossen, director of maintenance and transportation for USD 410, reviewed a proposal from Jantz Construction Inc. for resurfacing the main entrance in front of Hillsboro High School.

The board approved the resurfacing proposal at a cost of $4,201.

Superintendent Doug Huxman reviewed two preliminary calendars for the 2009-10 school year. Other options were also discussed.

The calendar will be finalized through the negotiation process with teachers, Huxman said.

Huxman also reported Eagle Communications has contacted him about broadcasting athletic events over the Internet.

HHS principal Max Heinrichs said the only downside he could think of might be student-privacy issues.

The board?s consensus was that Huxman continue to explore the issue with Eagle Communications.

Huxman also update the board on legislative action. He said this week the House Appropriation Committee passed the governor?s amended budget, except that the committee wants money for driver education to remain in the budget.

Hillsboro Middle School principal Greg Brown reported students are preparing and setting goals for state assessments.

Students who achieve individual goals for state assessment and MAP test can earn Renaissance cards.

Evan Yoder, principal for Hillsboro Elementary School, highlighted the upcoming Family Reading Night and book fair from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. State assessments are also starting, he added.

Heinrichs reported HHS students have started state assessments in math and reading. He also commended students for their behavior at games this year.

?I believe they?ve done an outstanding job,? he said. ?I am proud of them. We?re going to get better.?

Work continues on planning for the school-day schedule.

?We?d like to stay in the block (schedule), if at all possible,? Heinrichs said.

Jason Henry, technology director, and Heinrichs are working on a one-on-one computer initiative.

?Our goal is to do more with less,? Heinrichs said.

He also updated the board on Hillsboro?s decision to withdraw from the MCAA league. (See story on Page 1.)

?The goal was to cut driving and time away from school,? he said.

In other business, the board:

n accepted resignations submitted by Joyce Loewen, middle school teacher, who is retiring; Keli Wray, who teaches in the elementary school; Kay Carlson, HHS custodian, who is retiring.

n heard that Mike Jilka has handed in his resignation as HMS girls? head basketball coach, which is a supplemental position.

n approved an amended agreement on Comprehensive Early Childhood Health Initiative Project, a supplementary grant, written by Linda Ogden, that targets at-risk families.

n heard from Huxman that the district will have an open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 30 at HES and HHS.

Huxman also reported a gas leak was discovered and repaired outside on the parking lot high school parking lot. A fitting had not been tightened, he said.

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